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Fake Toni Braxton

Ignites Real Riot

3/5/2009 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0304_toni_braxton_reg_tmz_01-1All hell broke loose at a "Toni Braxton" concert in the Repubic of Suriname over the weekend, when the loyal TB fans realized the person on stage was a Toni Braxton imposter!

The faux-Toni, Trina Johnson, claims her contract specifically stated she was to do an "imitation act" -- and she has no idea why people thought the "real" Toni would be there.

Nevertheless, people were pissed when they found out the Braxton they thought they were gonna see wasn't really Braxton at all. According to several local reports, fans went nuts, throwing bottles on stage and even looting some of the bars at the venue.

Police have begun an investigation, but according to Caribbean Net News, the concert promoters have conveniently disappeared.

The "real" Toni Braxton's rep tells us: "Toni Braxton is aware of what happened and is obviously displeased with what happened. She regrets that both she and her fans have been victimized by this hoax. Ms. Braxton's attorneys are exploring the legal ramifications."

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Janice    

Trina Johson new damn well that we, the people of Suriname, expected the real Toni Braxton. First of all....she gave an intervieuw impersonating as the manager of Toni Braxton and she said " Guys don`t worry.... Toni Braxton really is coming to Suriname, she will arrive later tonight. Second.......When she was on stage and we found out it wasn`t Toni Braxton she said " Guys it`s really me.....I came all the way from the US to preform for you...... Is this how you treat your talent?? ...... So she was still trying to convince us that she was Toni Braxton. She should be locked up!! I was there..... I am one of the thousands of people who got ripped of......... Janice

1994 days ago
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Gina    

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but here are the real facts!

Johnson hit the stage February 27 to a crowd of about 1,500 people. The crowd started booing Johnson because they thought they were attending a Braxton concert. Concert goers rushed the stage. Raymond Finn rushed to his wife's aid and was arrested along with his wife.
The event hit all of the Suriname news papers. Newspaper reports claim Johnson attended a press conference stating she was Braxton's manager and said Braxton was excited to perform. After the shows chaos reports stated the two were detailed by police and immediately released after Johnson produced the contract. This apparently is not the case.

Currently, The two Americans are the only ones being held and have been sitting in a Suriname jail for nine days with no end in sight. There seems to be little effort to locate Suriname promoter Angel Ventura who disappeared without paying any of his concert production vendors.

In a strange series of events, they've had two court hearings. During the first hearing, the judge gave the prosecutor a few more days to build his case. At the second court hearing, the judge gave prosecutors more time to gather information while refusing to accept pertinent information from the defense attorney.

All of this according to Finn who was able to make one phone call to a friend in the Bay Area.
He says all of the allegations are not true and that his wife is innocent. And that the High Profile nature of the case has created an extremely bias procees with little objectivity.
They simply refuse to review the evidence that proves our innocence.
The US company that hired Johnson, RNRH Entertainment in Nevada says that they produced the contract at proves that Johnson was not involved in misconduct yet they (Suriname Authorities) question the legitimacy of the impersonator's contract and the existence of RNRH Entertainment. (Proof of the current Nevada Business License was provided)

Raymond Finn says he was arrested for no reason. He says his only crime was to rush to his wife's aid while she was on stage.
There exist no evidence that Raymond Finn was involved in deception facilitated by the Suriname promoter Angel Ventura.

If the two are convicted of these crimes, reports out of Suriname say they could spend three years in prison.

1993 days ago
3.

Lester    

This a very serious matter and many believe that Braxton and her fans are the ones who are wronged in this incident. However I am related to the real victim Trina Johnson. Trina has been performing for many years and has been a back up singer for several well known entertainers. In recent years she relocated to the Las Vegas area, where she has in fact done many impersonator shows for “entertainment” only! The fact is the promoter and his assistant are in the wrong. They have since fled the country and left Trina Johnson, and her husband behind to be attacked, threatned and JAILED! Trina Johnson is “still” in JAIL, awaiting a trial that is unwarranted and unjust because the police is unable to locate the promoter and his assistant. So if Toni Braxton wants to consult with her attorney’s, it should NOT be about how she can gain more money through a lawsuit, but about the “LIFE” of the young lady who is the “TRUE” victim in this Trina Johnson.

1983 days ago
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gILBERT GAUTHIER    

This is a scary thing.. an american girl and her husband are in danger of doing prison time over a corrupt producer in a country far from home . We in America have enjoyed performers who are "Look-a-likes" for many years. In Suriname this "art" is not appreciated , I suppose. At any rrate.. this girl Trina Johnson showed up at the gig to do what she does, and does not ever pretend to be the Real Thing.. Neither do the Elvise's , nor the Marilyn Monroes....Maybe a few Neil diamonds do, but that would be it.. Bring this couple back home... they are in trouble over something evil that they had no part in..

1981 days ago
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gILBERT GAUTHIER    

This is a scary thing.. an american girl and her husband are in danger of doing prison time over a corrupt producer in a country far from home . We in America have enjoyed performers who are "Look-a-likes" for many years. In Suriname this "art" is not appreciated , I suppose. At any rrate.. this girl Trina Johnson showed up at the gig to do what she does, and does not ever pretend to be the Real Thing.. Neither do the Elvise's , nor the Marilyn Monroes....Maybe a few Neil diamonds do, but that would be it.. Bring this couple back home... they are in trouble over something evil that they had no part in..

1981 days ago
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Michael    

Trina is actually highly respected in the celebrity impersonator industry. A majority of people in the industry feel that Trina was lied to by the promoter and it was the promoter - NOT Trina - who billed the concert as an appearance by Toni Braxton. She believed she was hired to appear and impersonate Braxton - not to decieve and defraud an audience into thinking otherwise. While there have been stories of celebrity look alikes who have intentionally misled people into believing that they were the real celebrity, most people in this industry would never dream of doing anything to disrespect the person they portray. Sadly, Trina seems to be the one who is suffering for the sins of a crooked promoter who took the money and ran. Until the facts can be ascertained, please give this young lady the benefit of the doubt.

1977 days ago
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Laura    

I was recently pitched this gig and THANK GOD I TURNED IT DOWN..For some odd reason I FELT it was not on the UP AND UP..THIS IS WHY U DO BACKGROUND CHECKS,GET REFERENCES NAMES AND HAVE EVER LITTLE THING STATED IN YOUR CONTRACTS...Trucky BIZ but I trulyhope she is able to get out of there soon..best wishes to her ..

1975 days ago
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Laura    

I was origionally contacted for this gig in South America and turned it down as it seemed “ODD and not up to the regular standards many past gigs have been” to me. I don’t wish this kind of scam on anyone and am thankful I did not go, BUT I truly and firmly believe that you as an entertainer MUST DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH, GET BACKGROUND CHECKS-GET NAMES-PHONE #S WHATEVER INFO you can to better insure your own safety regardless of WHO the CLIENT is OR the AGENT to whom books you is..ITs better to have every little thing U NEED in writing SO THAT IF anything goes terribly wrong you have YOUR END COVERED.. I NEVER MIS REPRESENT THAT I AM A LOOKALIKE TALENT… AND NO AMOUNT OF $$$$( and beleive me I can use money at this ppoint in my life but am not into lying NOR deceiving anyone) WOULD EVER MAKE ME DO SO..BUT you have to be careful of those out there who may want to pass you off as the real deal.whether it be the client or a bad seed agent…It sounds to me that I def made the right decision in NOT going due to my gut feeling but I hope they are able to resolve this and the truth comes out…ENTERTAINERS BE CAREFUL AND PROTECT YOURSELF!! ITs fun to entertain but we are just that entertainers NOT the real deal although some may think its fun to pretend to be the real deal it can only lead to further distruction….

1975 days ago
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KEYIA CRUTE    

Trina J, Is my aunt and i know for a fact that this was a set up. She would never do anything of this matter. Her agent got her into this mess and they need to free my aunt!!!! So dont be so quick to judge. Thanks

1952 days ago
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toofastforyou!    

FIRT AGAIN YOU SLOW ARSES!!!

1997 days ago
11.

cochino    

they should do this at the Spears mime n pony show

1997 days ago
12.

Janai    

No one can imitate this talented beautiful diva.

1997 days ago
13.

jay    

Toni Braxton rocks. That women needs to be in jail trying to pretend to be Miss TB.

1997 days ago
14.

Senor Bob    

Repubic. Pubic? re Pubic? Republic of Suriname

1997 days ago
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Bob Freeman    

If you're willing to riot over a Toni Braxton impersonator, it might be time to reevaluate your priorities in life. Just saying.

1997 days ago
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